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    Assignment #1 Chap 17 They Can Do It! You can help! A look at Talent
    Practices at the Home Depot.

    1. Discuss how the leadership at Home Depot intended to use its organizational
    talent to gain a competitive advantage in the Do It Yourself industry.

    2. Discuss the key channels that Home Depot developed for recruiting talent.

    3. Discuss the critical programs used by Home Depot to keep talent in their pipeline.

    4. Discuss three lessons learned by Home Depot related to talent management.
    The format of the report is to be as follows:


    Silzer, R., & Dowell, B. (2010). Strategy-driven talent management: A leadership imperative. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

    Goldsmith, M., & Carter L. (2010). Best practices in talent management: How the worldâ??s Leading corporations manage, develop, and retain top talent. San Francisco: Pfeiffer.

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    How the leadership at Home Depot intended to use its organizational talent to gain a competitive advantage in the Do It Yourself industry:

    Home Depot has a large work force and it has developed strategies that aim at giving the company competitive advantage. Home Depot recognizes the importance of human capital in corporate success thus ensuring that its human resource is effective in promoting organizational success. The strategy employed by Home Depot in developing its human capital into resource that provides competitive advantage include attracting top talent from the job market and developing support systems that nurture the talent into leadership roles. The company has created various entry channels into the organization that attract individuals who are talented and once the individual becomes an employee the company has programs that enhance leadership and functional skills (Silzer & Dowell, 2010).

    Home Depot recognizes that employees are essential component in determining organizational success since if hires and retains the best work force. Home Depot identified the fact that employees are the face of the organization since they are the ones who interact with stakeholders. Supervisor assistant manager and store manager positions are filled with competent individuals since they interact with company associates and customers (Silzer & Dowell, 2010). By having an effective human capital Home Depot gains competitive advantage since skilled and effective employees lead to improved customer satisfaction which in turn leads to building customer loyalty and this translates to continued organization growth and success. Home Depot will have competitive advantage by being able to satisfy customer requirements better than their competitors.

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    Solution Summary

    The expert examines leadership at Home Depot for Competitive advantages. The critical program used by Home Depot to keep talent in their pipelines are determined.